OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 22: Eric Sogard #28 of the Oakland Athletics is congratulated by teammates after he scored in the eighth inning of their game against the Cleveland Indians at O.co Coliseum on April 22, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Athletics Vs. Indians: Oakland Manages To Avoid Being Swept At Home

The Cleveland Indians visited the O.co Coliseum for a three-game series over the weekend. The Indians took two out of three and picked up the series win.

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Athletics Vs. Indians Game 3 Final Score: Oakland Avoids Sweep With 5-1 Win

The Oakland Athletics managed to salvage a win in the final game of their home series against the Cleveland Indians on Sunday. After managing just one run in each of the first two games of the three-game series on Friday and Saturday night, the A's offense managed to pick up the 5-1 victory.

The Indians took an early lead in the top of first inning, on back-to-back two-out doubles by Shin-Soo Choo and Travis Hafner. Fortunately, that would be the only run the Indians were able to get across home plate, as Oakland pitching held the Tribe to just two more hits over the rest of the game.

The A's tied things up in the bottom of the third, when Cliff Pennington doubled home Jemile Weeks. Oakland would take the lead for good in the fourth inning, as Kila Ka'aihue drew a leadoff walk and Seth Smith followed up with a two-run homer. The A's stretched their lead to 4-1 in the fifth inning on a Kurt Suzuki RBI single. Oakland tacked on one last insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning, when Pennington singled home Eric Sogard.

Tyson Ross picked up his first win of the year, going 6.2 innings and allowing four hits and five walks.

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Athletics Vs. Cleveland Game 3 Lineups: Jonny Gomes Sits As Oakland Tries To Avoid Sweep

The Oakland Athletics are attempting to avoid being swept at home on Sunday against the Cleveland Indians. If the A's drop the game, it would be their first time being swept in 2012. The team has only managed to plate one run in each of the first two games of the season, so Seth Smith and Kila Ka'aihue will get starts today as Oakland desperately searching for something in their lineup to click.

Here are the starting lineups for Sunday's game.

Cleveland Indians:

1. Michael Brantley - CF
2. Jason Kipnis - 2B
3. Shin-Soo Choo - RF
4. Travis Hafner - DH
5. Jose Lopez - 1B
6. Jack Hannahan - 3B
7. Jason Donald - SS
8. Aaron Cunningham - LF
9. Lou Marson - C

Oakland Athletics:

1. Jemile Weeks - 2B
2. Cliff Pennington - SS
3. Josh Reddick - RF
4. Yoenis Cespedes - CF
5. Kila Ka'aihue - DH
6. Seth Smith - LF
7. Kurt Suzuki - C
8. Daric Barton - 1B
9. Eric Sogard - 3B

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Luke Hughes Claimed Off Waivers By Oakland Athletics, Dallas Braden To 60-Day DL

The Oakland Athletics have announced that they have claimed infielder Luke Hughes from the Minnesota Twins, while placing rehabbing starting pitcher Dallas Braden on the 60-day disabled list to make room for him on the squad.

Via the Oakland Athletics on Twitter:

Hughes, the Australian native, appeared in only four games for the Minnesota this season. He was 2 for 10 at the plate with two RBIs and a stolen base. He was released by the Twins to make room for right-hander Jason Marquis on their lineup. He is a career .224 hitter with eight homers and 33 RBI in his two year career.

The A's were in need of some extra infield depth, which Hughes will certainly provide. He may start to produce more a the plate, but likely won't be expected to do more with the leather than his bat.

As for Braden the setback he suffered at the end of March is obviously still a problem, forcing the A's to shelf him for much longer than he had hoped.

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Athletics Vs. Indians Game 2 Final Score: Offense Still Nowhere To Be Found In 5-1 Oakland Loss

The Oakland Athletics are, thus far, not enjoying their return to the O.co Coliseum. In the second game of a three-game series on Saturday, the A's could muster just one run for the second straight night, as they lost the the Cleveland Indians by a final score of 5-1.

The Indians got on the board right away in the top of the first inning, as Travis Hafner scored Jason Kipnis on an RBI groundout. The score stood 1-0 in favor of Cleveland until the top of the sixth inning, when Kipnis would record an RBI single.

The A's cut the Indians lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning on a Yoenis Cespedes sacrifice fly, but that would be the extent of the Oakland offense.

The Tribe tacked on three insurance runs in the top of the eighth inning, on a two-run triple by Kipnis and a wild pitch from A's pitcher Brian Fuentes that allowed Kipnis to score.

The A's threatened in the bottom of the ninth, with a Jonny Gomes infield single and a huge Daric Barton double that came within inches of going out for a home run, but Kurt Suzuki struck out and Kila Ka'aihue flew out to center field to end the game.

Oakland starter Brandon McCarthy was the hard-luck loser, allowing two runs on 10 hits over seven innings, while walking three and striking out four. He wasn't able to receive enough run support, which was only compounded by Fuentes allowing three runs in one inning of work.

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Athletics Vs. Indians, Game 1 Final Score: Oakland Comes Up Short In 4-3 Loss

The Oakland Athletics hosted the Cleveland Indians on Friday night in the opening game of a three-game series. The A's were looking to keep things rolling as they were coming off taking three of four from the Los Angeles Angels in their home stadium. The return to O.co Coliseum did not go as well as they had hoped, however, as they fell 4-3 to the Indians.

The Indians opened the scoring in the top of the second inning, on a Jack Hannahan sacrifice fly. The A's tied things up in the bottom of the third on a solo Josh Reddick homer. The tie was short-lived, however, as the Indians added two runs in the top of the fourth, both coming on a Hannahan double.

The Indians stretched their lead to 4-1 in the top of the fifth when Shin-Soo Choo drove in Jason Kipnis with a single. The A's attempted to claw back, however. Yoenis Cespedes contributed RBI singles in the bottom of the fifth and seventh innings, cutting the Tribe lead to 4-3. Unfortunately, the A's were unable to get any closer.

Cespedes had a great night at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two RBI and a walk.

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Athletics Vs. Indians Series Preview: Oakland Returns Home

The Cleveland Indians will come to the O.co Coliseum for a three-game series beginning on Friday. The Oakland Athletics will hope to climb above .500 at the start of their 2012 season.

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